Trinity Vs. Supposed Sin of Shirk?

jul6Continuing on with this month’s topic, I need to show that God is triune and not a single deity. The best place to start is at Christ’s baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 (KJV) describes the scene this way. “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?’ And Jesus answering said unto him, ‘Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.'”

Now how could God be a singular entity when the Spirit of God and Jesus were in the same place when God spoke from heaven?

Likewise, God spoke from heaven in John 12:28 (KJV). “‘Father, glorify thy name.’ Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, ‘I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.'”jul6a

But Qu’ran 4:116 says, “Allah will not forgive that partners be associated with Him; but will forgive anything less than that, to whomever He wills. Anyone who ascribes partners to Allah has strayed into far error.”

Also, how could the Old Testament address God in the plural form (read Genesis chapter one) and show himself to be a triune being in the New Testament, yet the Qu’ran claims he has no partners? If God and Allah were the same being, he himself would be guilty of the sin of shirk, ascribing partners to himself.

I’ll be wrijul6bting more about this in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? Foolish Christians believe that God and Allah are the same but I’ve shown here without equivocation that they aren’t.

Do Our Souls Sleep Until Christ’s Return?

apr04This month, I’d like to move on to the subject of the resurrection. It’s the most important factor in our lives and our eternal destination. But I first want to clear up the matter of what happens before we believers rise from the dead.

I read a blog post recently which claimed that Christians don’t go to heaven when they die. This sounds like the doctrine of soul sleep to me.

One scripture passage which the post claimed to prove soul sleep is 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and 17 (KJV). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

It’s obvious from the passage that this is speaking of resurrection at the last day. Even so, some people think that the word “sleep” in the previous verses means that the souls of Christians remain in the ground.

But what about John 11:11 to 14? The King James Version renders the words of Christ this way. “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.’ Then said his disciples, ‘Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.’ Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead.'”
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And what of Revelation 6:9 to 11? The Bible in Basic English reads, “And when the fifth stamp was undone, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for the word of God, and for the witness which they kept. And they gave a great cry, saying, ‘How long will it be, O Ruler, holy and true, before you take your place as judge and give punishment for our blood to those on the earth?’ And there was given to every one a white robe, and they were ordered to take their rest for a little time, till the number was complete of the other servants, their brothers, who would be put to death, even as they had been.”

Any clear-thinking person can understand from the contexts of those verses that sleep is a euphemism for death. It’s also obvious that the souls of departed believers are in the presence of God. As Paul pointed out in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV), “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” He never said he or we would rest in the ground.
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Because I was grossly misled by wicked phoney’s, claiming to be advanced teachers of spiritual revelation, I wrote How I Was Razed. This glorious testimony shows how the Lord led me out of a toxic church and into his awesome truth.

Is Hell Really Forever?

mar21Now that I’ve established what and where hell is, does it really last forever? Some Christians argue that a kind and compassionate God could never send people to hell for the rest of eternity.

One scripture verse they use to bolster their claim is 1 Timothy 2:4 (KJV), which says of God,  “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” What these people fail to understand is that this is only God’s wish for humanity. Though he wants all people to be saved, he gave us a choice in the matter.

These proponents of hell being for a set time and not forever also twist what Christ said in John 3:16 (KJV) which reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” But they overlook what he said in the next three verses. People don’t want to come to the light because their deeds are evil.
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As the minister of the sick house church I once attended claimed, some people believe that the word “forever” doesn’t mean for the rest of eternity. Even a casual search in a concordance would show that all uses of “forever” mean exactly that. In fact, repetitions such as in Revelation 20:10 (KJV) reinforce the eternal period’s length. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

The truth is that nobody is good except God. As Paul wisely pointed out in Romans 3:10 (KJV), “As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no,  not one:'” How then can anybody claim to be good on their own terms? The truth is that they can’t.

And if “forever” doesn’t mean forever but a period of time, what does that do to the biblical promises that say we’ll be with God forever? Proponents of hell’s limited time never seem to consider that aspect of their argument.
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Because of heresies such as this, I feel compelled to write my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? The most important aspect of our lives is where we will end up after death. I want nobody to end up in hell because nobody warned them about this important matter. Sadly, many people either reject God or think they can please him with their own righteousness.

Whatever Happened to the Gift of Tongues?

feb23Continuing on with my discorse on the Holy Spirit, I must explain about the gift of tongues. Sects such as the Pentecostal Church believe that the jabbering they do is some sort of heavenly language. This is a recent movement in Christendom. But are tongues, angelic or not, real speech?

If people speak in a heavenly language today, where is the interpretation? The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:26 (KJV), “How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” How can others be edified if there is no interpretation?

Charismatic Christians often babble away together, as they did in the sick house church I once attended. Nobody seemed to apply 1 Corinthians 14:27 (KJV) which plainly says, “If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.”
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If Christians must speak in what they believe is an angelic language, shouldn’t they do it in private? Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:2 (KJV), “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

The reason Paul prefered that congregants spoke in a known language is so others could be edified. Look at what he wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:4 (KJV), “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.”
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God willing, I plan to expand on this subject in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? I’ll explain how the gift of tongues has ceased and that what people call tongues today is bogus. Many Christians will disagree ardently with me but from what I’ve studied, people often fake tongues to fit in with others at meetings.

What Happened to the Blood Moon Prophecies?

sep22Like the people I wrote about in my previous post, some Christians see judgement and doom in every event. For example, there were four “blood moons” in 2015 and 2016. Mark Biltz and John Hagee claimed that it meant a bloody slaughter of the Jews in Israel.

I don’t remember anything like what they claimed happening in Israel. There were quite a few stabbing’s of Jews by Muslims but violence is common in the Middle East.

This sort of false prophesying has gone on for millennia. Even in my lifetime, I remember how the Children of God cult members fled America because their leader said that a comet would destroy the United States in January of 1974.

I remember the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the house church leader, where I attended, saying there would be a famine in 1975 and we all needed to stock up on non-perishable food. Since I barely had money to pay the rent and buy groceries, the elder woman of the church promised that I could come there to live during the famine.
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Then there was the planetary alignment of 1982 which certain people claimed would bring on catastrophic events. March the tenth was supposed to be the day but it came and went without incident.

We all remember Y2K and how it was a huge flop. Various Christian organizations were hocking freeze-dried survival food to believers. They thought that anarchy would break out once the mainframe computers crashed and city people would panic.
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In my How I Was Razed book, I showed how paranoid the elders of the house church were regarding the mark of the beast and end times disasters. Read more about this wondrous testimony of God’s providential leading at Amazon.

Did We Exist Before Our Birth?

aug23Believe it or not, there is absolutely no mention of humans existing before their births. I’ve read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation twenty times and nowhere was there a mention of us existing prior to our conception.

People who believe in reincarnation often claim to be somebody important in a supposed previous life. They somehow get a vague idea of being in a certain place before and their over-active imaginations fill in the details.

The only being in the universe who existed before his birth was Jesus Christ. He obliquely mentioned this in John 8:56 (BBE) when he said to the Pharisees, “Your father Abraham was full of joy at the hope of seeing my day: he saw it and was glad.”

Mocking his apparent mistake in claiming that Abraham saw his appearance on this planet, the Pharisees asked in verse 57, “Then the Jews said to him, ‘You are not fifty years old; have you seen Abraham?'”
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Our Lord hinted at his pre-existence in verse 58.   Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I am.'” Those final words, “I am,” was the holy and unspeakable name of God Almighty. That’s why the Pharisees picked up stones to stone him to death. His time hadn’t come yet so he slipped through the crowd of enraged religionists. They knew what Exodus 3:13 and 14 said about what God’s name was.”And Moses said unto God, ‘Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, “The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you;” and they shall say to me, “What is his name?” what shall I say unto them?’ And God said unto Moses, ‘I AM THAT I AM:’ and he said, ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.'”
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I once joined an errant house church, unaware that it was a cult. Its lay minister taught many blasphemous doctrines, one of which was that we existed as space aliens before we were born into human bodies. Check out my book, How I Was Razed, at Amazon and discover how wonderfully the Lord freed me.